SADC health ministers meet to discuss cholera situation in the region


The Committee of Ministers of Health of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have convened to discuss way forward on the cholera situation in the region.

The virtual meeting held on Saturday was convened in response to widespread cholera outbreak in several Member States within the SADC region, such as Zambia, which occurred in the first half of 2023.

SADC in a statement issued on Sunday indicated that the extraordinary meeting was also meant to primarily receive and consider reports on the cholera situation which was prevailing in some member states.

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“The Ministers were apprised on the state of preparedness of SADC member states and responses to the cholera outbreaks including measures in place to fight it.

“The Ministerial meeting was presided over by Her Excellency, Silvia Lutucuta, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Angola and Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of Health,” SADC stated.

Prior to the Ministers’ meeting, the SADC senior officials responsible for Health convened a meeting earlier in the day to clear documents for the Ministers.

The Ministers also received technical support from World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

The region had already witnessed a significant number of cholera cases and fatalities, with the numbers steadily increasing.

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